The Navy Women’s Lacrosse team captured the Patriot League championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament where they will face Monmouth in the opening round.
No. 11/16 Navy has a golden opportunity to score the first-ever win for a Patriot League team in the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship when the Mids host Monmouth in a first-round contest on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Mids have already defeated the Hawks in the regular season, scoring a 16-4 win at home against Monmouth on Feb. 24. Navy and Monmouth each have 12-game winning streaks, while the Mids carry a sparkling 18-1 overall record into the contest.
Patriot League teams are 0-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, though it is the first season of bracket expansion from 16 to 26 teams. Previously, League squads had a 5-0 record in NCAA Play-In games to make the 16-team field.
Navy is just the second Patriot League team to host an NCAA Tournament game, and first since Lafayette played against Penn State in 1991. The Mids are hosting the first two rounds of their pod at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. No. 8/10 Duke plays No. 15/17 Princeton in a first-round contest on Friday at 7:15 p.m., and the winners will face off in the second round on Sunday at Noon.
Navy advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning its fourth-consecutive Patriot League title with a 14-4 victory over Holy Cross on April 28. The Mids are just the second team in League history to win four consecutive titles, and first to do it in the League Tournament.